Review of the past week:
During the first four days of Lent, we shared Yoga Sutra I.1 and I.2. These first two sutras begin the spiritual journey and define the goal of yoga — the restraint of movements in the mind. In our fast-paced, high tech society our minds face constant stimulation and are pulled in many directions. Therefore, we need awareness of the state of the mind to move into a deeper connection with the Source of life. Jesus invites us to loosen our grip on the worldly concerns and to orient ourselves to what is most essential: to love one another, to care for all of creation, and to be in communion with the Creator.
The week ahead:
The first limb of the 8 limbs of yoga – the yamas – are the five ethical practices for relating to others. They call for kindness, truthfulness, generosity, sexual responsibility, and freedom from material things. Each day we will share an illustration with one of the yamas and a connection to Lent.
Lent is about loving more. These practices refine our capacity to love God, others, nature, and self. May these yamas help support your journey with Jesus through Lent.
How can you make Christ more known in the world through your thoughts, words, and actions?
Try practicing the five yamas.